Proud of Argyll and Bute stem cell donors
Sir, A cross-party parliamentary event on stem cell transplantation, supported by blood cancer charity and stem cell register Anthony Nolan, was held on July 18 to celebrate the number of people who are registered as stem cell donors.
In Argyll and Bute, the number of potential stem cell donors registered with Anthony Nolan is 2,139. Some 42 per cent of these donors are male, and the average age is 34.
I am very proud that Argyll and Bute has 2,139 people who have selflessly volunteered to give someone a second chance at life. Donating stem cells is straightforward but it could make an enormous difference to someone with no other chance of a cure.
Across the UK, and out of 650 constituencies, Argyll and Bute ranks 15th, which, for an area which is largely rural, is exceptional.
I would like to encourage more people from Argyll and Bute, particularly men aged 16-30 and people from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds, to register as stem cell donors.
For more information about the all-party parliamentary group for stem cell transplantation, visit www. appg-stemcell.org.uk. For more information about Anthony Nolan, visit www.anthonynolan.org. Brendan O’Hara, MP for Argyll and Bute.